Pupil/Parent Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to study, inquire and understand the policies and rules of the LCBOE. Parents or guardians are to ensure that their students know and obey all rules and procedures; respect the driver and respect the rights and safety of other students.

  • The bus driver is in full charge of the bus and students during the transportation process.
  • Students should listen attentively and obey directions promptly and willingly.
  • Students should ride their regularly assigned bus at all times, unless permission to ride a different bus has been granted by proper school authorities.
  • Students may be assigned a seat by the driver.
  • Students shall not sit in the driver’s seat nor attempt to operate any part of the bus unless in an extreme emergency.
  • Students should be at the appropriate bus stop before the bus arrives.
  • Students shall wait in a safe place, clear of traffic, and at least ten feet away from where the bus comes to a stop.
  • Students must not stand or play in the roadway while waiting at the bus stop.
  • Students shall exercise self-discipline by waiting in an orderly line and avoiding any behavior (horseplay) which may lead to injury while loading the bus.
  • Students who may have to cross a street or road to board or exit the bus shall do so when the bus has come to a complete stop, the crossing arm has extended, and the driver has given consent to cross the street or road.
  • Students shall always cross in front of the bus at all times in full view of the driver, never behind the bus.
  • Students shall leave the bus in an orderly manner when the bus arrives at the appropriate bus stop.
  • Students are prohibited from boarding a school bus any time other than when boarding for transportation.
  • Students are prohibited from fueling a school bus.
  • Career and Technical school students hold the same responsibility for their behavior as regular route students.
  • Violation of the rules and policies of the Lauderdale County Board of Education LCBOE) may result in suspension of bus riding privileges for up to 10 days. During any suspension period, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to transport the student to school. Local school administrators may also choose a Class II or Class III sanction in certain cases, including a referral for an LCBOE hearing.
  • Discipline of students with disabilities shall be considered on a case by case basis in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  • Parents will be held responsible for any and all damages or vandalism that may occur to the school bus from the behavior of their students.


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